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Welcome to the second edition of 'The LEIDing Edge' newsletter. We hope you are enjoying your summer!

Yesterday, LEID Products announced the availability of a new white paper, 'The Financial Benefits of the BACS System'. We will give you an overview of the new white paper in this month's article.

Written by Dale LaCroix, the paper details his responsibilities for the Police Department budget during his role as Deputy Chief of Police for the Waterford Township. LaCroix was involved with the evaluation of one of the first Biometric Access Control Systems (BACS) from LEID Products.


In the paper, Lacroix details both the measurable return on investment, as well as the immeasurable benefits. You will learn more about Dale LaCroix in our leadership spotlight section. 

On a final note, thanks to our Library customers for stopping by our booth at the American Library Association's Annual Conference. You can visit our Library page to learn more about our iLibrary System.


We love your feedback. Let us know if there is a specific topic or application you are interested in or if you have comments on what we have covered here. Thank you for your interest in LEID Products!  



Best regards,


Georgia H. Whalen

Director of Marketing

LEID Products, LLC

Direct: (978)697-2664



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New White Paper: 'Financial Benefits of the BACS System'

Dale LaCroix has a long history in Law Enforcement and is featured in our spotlight article this month. LaCroix has authored a new white paper for LEID Products on the financial benefits of using our BACS System.

BACS logoWhile Deputy Chief at Waterford, LaCroix was responsible for the budget of a Police Department that was involved with the evaluation of one of the first Biometric Access Control Systems (BACS) from LEID Products. LaCroix has since been asked by police administrators if he felt that the cost of the system was justifiable.  He always responds that the cost is easily justifiable and that you cannot afford to not have a system of this type.

In this white paper, LaCroix explains the time loss inherent in the old process their department went through daily with supervisors manually issuing equipment to officers as the shift started and the manual process for logging the equipment back in when the officer's shift ended. LaCroix goes on to explain how the time savings alone paid for their system in about 18 months. Yet, additional cost savings were also realized in the ability to have multiple officers share equipment in lieu of purchasing individual equipment for each officer.

While the measurable cost savings are impressive, the BACS System also included unexpected additional asset management features. LaCroix noted the most significant benefit went way beyond the measurable savings factors. The reduction in liability exposure it provided is hard to measure but perhaps the most significant.


How does the BACS System reduce liability exposure?

Restricted access to equipment - The system was designed to efficiently issue weapons to officers restricting their access to only the weapons they were qualified to use. For example, if an officer was not taser certified, a taser would not be on his customized list of equipment available for check out. 

Firearms training documentation tracking - the BACS System can be used to track all officers' weapon qualifications to include recurrent training.   Having accurate, up-to-date training and qualifications records proved to be an invaluable point of reference when the department had an officer involved in a 'use of force' situation. 

No misplaced or missing equipment - The department's inventory control of weapons and auxiliary equipment was improved greatly with the BACS system over the old sign out system.  Every department has had incidents where items are lost for a time and turn up later or sometimes never at all, and no one seems to know what really happened.  The civil liability of a lost item can be extremely costly.

Equipment always in proper working order - The BACS System was also built with an equipment maintenance application within the software, along with the ability for an officer to tag an item for maintenance when returning an item at the end of a shift.  Making sure equipment is working properly and maintained on schedule could save a department from an embarrassing situation at best, to a costly civil action should a piece of equipment not work properly when deployed.


LaCroix concluded his white paper with the following statement:

"The initial cost of the system for our department was more than paid for with only the time savings from supervisor's wages in just eighteen months.  There were also added cost savings in the ability to have multiple officers share equipment in lieu of purchasing equipment for each officer.  The cost savings in the liability area are hard to put real numbers to, but could be the greatest savings of all.  It is my opinion that no department should be without this type of system, and in reality, most cannot afford not to have this system."

We appreciate the effort and time Dale LaCroix invested in writing this white paper to share his knowledge and experience using the BACS System with fellow Law Enforcement colleagues. If you are interested in the reading the full white paper, please email Georgia Whalen at gwhalen@LEIDProducts.com.  


Spotlight on Dale LaCroix

Dale LacroixDale LaCroix has dedicated over 30 years working in Law Enforcement.  LaCroix began his career serving our country in the United States Air Force as a Law Enforcement Specialist. After his service in the US Air Force, LaCroix spent over 25 years rising through the ranks of the Waterford, Michigan Township Police Department. After retiring from Waterford, LaCroix served as Chief of Police for the City of Clarkston, Michigan from September 2007 through October 2010.

While at Waterford Police Department, LaCroix held the rank of Deputy Chief from February 2000 until retirement.  His responsibilities included all aspects of administration within a police department. The duties included: writing and overseeing the department's 13 million dollar annual budget; the acquisition and administration of multiple State and Federal grants; the Technology Department; Commander of the road patrol division; Supervisor of  the Records Department and Dispatch Center.  LaCroix was the department's liaison with the Waterford School District; the liaison with the 51st District Court and a member of the Drug Court Team.  From 1999 until retirement he was also the Commanding Officer of the department's Special Response Team (SWAT).

As the Deputy Chief for Waterford Township Police overseeing the Technology department, several innovative programs were initiated to include one of the first in car traffic citation writing programs that electronically transferred information to the courts, one of the first Live Scan fingerprint processing systems for booking and the first LEID Products BACS system. 

 "Dale LaCroix is an innovator and not afraid to be the first to try a new technology, his commitment to implementing cutting edge technologies to make his department more efficient and accountable is commendable", said Sam Hoff, president of LEID Products. "Dale has been a great advocate of our system and we appreciate his efforts to share his knowledge of the BACS system's benefits in this new white paper."

Dale is a graduate of the Eastern Michigan University, School of Staff and Command (1998), the FBI National Academy (1998) and the FBI Law Enforcement Development Seminar (2004). Throughout his career, LaCroix has won numerous awards, including: 2006 Chiefs Award of Excellence, 2006 Waterford Elks Police Officer of the Year, 6 Meritorious Citations, 5 Letters of Commendation and 2 Unit Citations.

In addition to serving his community in his law enforcement role, LaCroix spent several years coaching youth hockey and baseball. LaCroix has been married to wife, Gina, for 35 years and they have one adult son, David, who lives in North Carolina.

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Georgia Whalen
LEID Products

LEID Products is the leader of electronic locker and cabinet storage with biometric asset protection and control. With our trademarked Biometric Access Control Systems (BACS™), we streamline operations at military facilities, law enforcement departments, universities/colleges, amusement parks, library systems, software developers and large corporations by securing, tracking and providing full accountability to our clients' critical business assets.